Crayon Collection

Crayon Collection partners with restaurants and hotels that distribute free crayons to children when they dine, along with community-based groups (like well-served schools), to collect millions of gently used crayons that would have otherwise ended up in landfills and instead redistribute them to the most vulnerable classrooms through their partnership with the National Head Start Association (NHSA) and 

The Crayon Collection Arts in Education program ensures that art activities and instructional resources, specifically designed for these gently used crayons, support art education in the classrooms that need it most. The Arts in Education program includes two key initiatives: the Artist Inspired Education Series and Artist Rotation Program.  Through our Artist Inspired Education Series, Crayon Collection partners with volunteer artists who develop age- and culturally-appropriate art education activities that can be used by teachers in grades Pre-K through sixth to bring art education into their classrooms.

R9HSA collaborates with Crayon Collections to connect grantees to donation opportunities, art education and advocacy.

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The Vision

All children, regardless of their circumstance at birth, deserve a full and prosperous life.

The Mission

  • Support high-impact Head Start programs for children and adults by creating opportunities for collaboration, networking and information sharing.
  • Unite with state and national Head Start organizations to ensure regulatory and budget outcomes that support our work.
  • Champion the message that every child and family who succeeds makes their community a better place.
  • Provide resources to assist our members in compliance and professional development.

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Sacramento, CA 95816



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